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Pine Tree Volleyball Coach Leven Barker Earns 400th Career Win

Pine Tree coach Leven Barker notched his 400th career win Friday afternoon in the Lady Pirates' victory at Lindale. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)

LINDALE — Pine Tree coach Leven Barker earned his 400th career coaching victory in the Lady Pirates’ 25-23, 25-20, 18-25, 25-20 win at Lindale on Friday afternoon.

“It’s a good milestone. It means I’ve had a lot of good players and I’ve coached a lot of kids,” Barker told ETSN.fm after the game. “Anytime you can get those 100 marks you’ve got to be excited about it.”

McKaylla Baylor led the Lady Pirates  with 13 kills, while Sky Holmes and Devin Affenheimer added 10 and eight, respectively. Mackenzie Richardson contributed seven kills.

Emily Shelton posted 35 assists in the win, while Kennedy Sampson added 11 digs and Angel Jordan finished with nine.

Barker is in his fifth season at Pine Tree (19-5), where he has led the Lady Pirates to at least 30 wins each of the past two seasons. Pine Tree went 37-5 in 2011 and reached the second round of the Class 4A Region II playoffs.

“Any coach who says when they get close to the century marks that they’re not thinking about it isn’t telling the truth, Barker said. “I’ve been excited to get it and the kids have, too, and now we can get focused on district.”

Barker came to Pine Tree in 2008 after leading Mexia, his alma mater, to a 197-91 record in nine seasons, which followed a 70-39 record in four seasons at Crockett from 1995-98.

Pine Tree visits Whitehouse at 7 p.m. Tuesday before opening District 14-4A play at Sulphur Springs next Friday.

Henderson Sweeps Gladewater in District 16-3A Action

GLADEWATER — The Henderson Lady Lions swept Gladewater 25-10, 25-13, 25-16 in District 16-3A play on Friday night.

Tiarra Davis led the way with 10 kills and two digs. Kami McCaw added eight kills, two digs and two aces, Codie Whitehead had six blocks, Brooke Towe registered 12 digs and an ace, Karley Free came up with 13 assists, three kills and three digs and Christa Thomas added five assists.

Henderson is at Gilmer on Tuesday.

Van Outlasts John Tyler in Five Games

VAN — The Van Lady Vandals took down John Tyler in five games Friday night, 23-25, 25-18, 17-25, 25-15, 15-5.

Haley McCarty led Van with 13 kills, 12 digs and three blocks. Bri Thompson contributed 12 kills and 10 blocks, Rebekah Rogers had eight kills, Susannah Wisdom produced eight kills and 14 digs and Morgan Wilkerson assisted on 37 assists.

Van is at Lindale on Tuesday, while John Tyler plays host to Mabank.

Arp Defeats Winona in Four

ARP — The Arp Lady Tigers took down Winona in four games on Saturday, 25-18, 25-20, 17-25, 25-13 in District 18-2A action.

Tinikia Lacy led Arp with six kills and three blocks. Alicia Summers added three aces, a kill, 16 digs, one block and nine assists, Kaci Kuykendall had three aces, two kills and 19 digs, Rebecca Daniels put together 10 digs and 15 assists and Taylor Burnett chipped in with 10 kills, one dig and two blocks.

Sheyenne Atchley added 22 digs, while Lauren Littlefield had two aces, 10 kills and three digs.

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